Atlantic City Rail Line, Princeton Dinky to resume service May 12

Gov. Phil Murphy has announced rail service will resume on both the Atlantic City Rail Line and the Princeton Branch, known as the Dinky, on May 12.

That’s two weeks ahead of the date officials announced in February, but the shutdown will still end up lasting more than twice as long as NJ Transit initially planned when it suspended service last fall.

The lines were suspended as part of the state’s efforts to reach a federal deadline to install positive train control.

At an event Wednesday in Atlantic City, Murphy also announced the addition of another rush hour train from Atlantic City to Philadelphia, meaning three trains will run on the line before 9 a.m. instead of two.

Service on the Princeton Dinky will resume on a schedule similar to what ran before the shutdown, according to NJ Transit.

Service suspension on the Atlantic City Rail Line drew ire from both commuters and South Jersey lawmakers, who fought to keep the line open and then fought to get it reopened sooner.

The Atlantic City Rail Line carries around 1,850 passengers a day.